Fans Have Comical Reactions To The USFL Announcing It Will Begin Play In Spring 2022

Fans React To The USFL Announcing It Will Begin Play In The Spring Of 2022

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  • On Wednesday, the USFL announced it will officially be returning and beginning to play games in April of 2022.
  • Fox Sports, which owns the league, revealed that the USFL will have eight teams in two divisions playing a 10 game schedule at a neutral site each week for its first season back.
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Back in June, it was announced that, despite no one asking for it, the United States Football League (USFL) would be returning.

The league, which produced stars such as Herschel Walker, Jim Kelly, Steve Young, Reggie White, and Doug Flutie back in the 1980s, made its intentions to start back up. This despite there being a plethora of failed professional football leagues like the XFL (twice), the Alliance of American Football, the Indoor Football League, the Continental Football League, the United Football League, the World Football League, and the Fall Experimental Football League.

According to a press release issued on Wednesday by the league’s owner, Fox Sports, “The new USFL is an American football league, owned by FOX Sports, that will deliver high-quality, innovative professional football played in the spring and early summer.”

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There will be eight teams in the new USFL, split into two divisions –– North and South. Each team will play a 10-game schedule, with teams in the same division playing each other twice and teams in the other division once.

The top two teams in each division will play against each other in the semifinals followed a week later by the championship game.

All eight teams will play in one neutral location “which will be announced soon” during the USFL’s return season, with the league expecting teams to play in their own markets at some point in the future.

The 2022 USFL regular season will begin in mid-April and run through mid-June, with games being played on both Saturday and Sunday, along with special broadcasts on specific Fridays and Mondays.

The new USFL will be run by the founder and CEO of The Spring League Brian Woods with Daryl Johnston serving as Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

Mike Pereira will serve as the Head of Officiating and Edward Hartman will be in the role of Executive Vice President of Business Operations.

“We are extremely fortunate to have this extraordinary team of experienced executives to guide the new USFL’s development as we move toward launch this spring,” said FOX Sports CEO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks, who will serve as Chairman of the USFL’s Board of Directors.

“I am confident Brian, Daryl, Mike and Edward have the passion, experience, and commitment we need to get the job done, so come April, we will offer a compelling, high-quality game of professional football that fans will embrace.”

But will they? Will they really??

Let’s see just how excited football fans really are by taking a look at a small cross-section of the initial reactions to this announcement on social media.

It should definitely be interesting next spring when we have not one, but TWO football leagues operating. Stay tuned.